Originally Posted by Pooch
is he really putting his money where his mouth is? or is he trying to shore up his position? (and "logistics"? no.)
but no-one truly knows, do they? unless they have complete information on zaky's holdings, including dates, volumes, and prices. was he compensated for this piece? how much and by whom?
pony up, zaky.
And that matters, in an article stating facts and incredibly logical speak, how? That's a rhetorical question, btw.
Were you dropped on your head much, or are you just a grumpy E-cynic who resorts to the lowest common denominator of argument, ignoring intelligence and logic completely, thus rendering your opinion/contribution worthless?
..... Rhetorical question.
Originally Posted by Roy Prasad
Unfortunately, Apple, the company itself, is doing nothing to help out the shareholders. Steve Jobs never cared for Wall Street, and disdained people who were in it for the money. However, that approach is inappropriate today, given Apple's market cap.
A key part of being a public company involves at least an effort on the part of the company to make existing shareholders comfortable with the company, and attract new investors. Part of the job function for Tim Cook is to build up the price of the stock. I am not proposing hyping up the stock price, but the company has to at least let the stock price rise above its deeply depressed levels.
That means being a little more visible to the investment community, providing a little more upbeat vision for the company, placing a put under the market by announcing a share buy back, periodically splitting the stock, and spending money on a few PR programs to build a little buzz about the stock. Surely, Apple needs no education on building a little buzz.
Well said, and very true. However, it really is a very fine line, as Apple has to be careful about not "becoming just another company". "Think Different" is a marketing-trademark term you'd think now, but it genuinely applies to how Apple got to where they're at, and how they do business today. Investors will be the first to jump on them if they lose that vision, yet at the same time, investors would like them to play Wall Street Games for the short term boost.
On a day like today, AMZN's bloated Stock outperformed the Market, because Amazon gloated about how well their Kindle is doing. AAPL performed about par with the Market, because Apple refuses to tell anybody anything ("You don't need to know, our performance speaks for itself, and you'll find out during the Earnings Report").
Apple has so many tools they can use to drive AAPL up, and even things not as "drastic" as splits, buybacks, etc. Simply acknowledging, simply showing some confidence (imagine if they showed arrogance! Wall Street would love that!), stating some "We did much better than even we expected", simply refuted claims that iPad shipments were cut, simply stating that iPads are "Selling like crazy", etc. etc. Games games, that would drive the Stock up.
I would like to see them play along a little bit, but not completely give in, as Wall Street can be like a gang, once you're jumped in, you're stuck.